Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kara Stowers

Kara Stowers

Office: C405 BNSN
Office Phone: 801-422-0835
Email: kstowers@chem.byu.edu
Office Hours

Education:

Post Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry (2012-2014)
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
Advisor: Professors Cynthia M. Friend and Robert J. Madix

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry (2006-2012)
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI 
Advisor: Professor Melanie S. Sanford

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (2002-2006)
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Research:

Stowers Group Research

The Stowers laboratory has research interests that span inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry in the aim of understanding and improving catalysts.

Using Carbon Dioxide as a Feedstock: We aim to find ways to manage and use Carbon Dioxide.

Inorganic Heterogeneous Catalysis:  We plan to synthesize new catalysts to activate Carbon Dioxide. We aim to use readily available transition metals such as Nickel and Iron. 

Organic Chemistry with Carbon Dioxide:  We aim to react carbon dioxide with other hydrocarbons to form carboxylic acid products such as acrylic acid, succinic acid and adipic acid. 

Physical Chemistry and Surface Science:  We aim to closely study new synthesized catalysts in ultra high vacuum to ultimately design new catalysts, optimize reactions, and improve catalyst efficiency.

Publications:

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS:

Stowers, K. J., Zhou, Z., Anderson, C. M., Butler, S. K., Thompson, S. K., Whitty, K. J., Shen, T. C. (2017). Stability and efficiency of CO2 capture using linear amine polymer modified carbon nanotubes. Journal of Materials Chemistry(5), 10486-10494.

Stowers, K. J., Karakalos, S., Zugic, B., Biener, M. M., Biener, J., Friend, C. M., Madix, R. J. (2016). Catalytic  production of methyl acrylates by gold-mediated cross coupling of unsaturated aldehydes with  methanol.. Surf. Sci.(652), 58-66.

Stowers, K. J., Zugic, B., Karakalos, S., Biener, M. M., Biener, J., Friend, C. M., Madix, R. J. (2016). Continuous Catalytic Producation of Methyl Acrylates from Unsaturated Alcohols by Gold: The  Strong Effect of C=C Unsaturation on Reaction Selectivity.. ACS Catalysis, 6, 1833-1839.

Stowers, K. (2015). Exploiting basic principles to control the selectivity of the vapor phase catalytic oxidative cross-coupling of primary alcohols over nanoporous gold catalysts.. Journal of Catalysis, 329, 78-86.

Stowers, K. (2015). Facile Ester Synthesis on Ag-Modified Nanoporous Au: Oxidative Coupling of Ethanol and  1-Butanol under UHV Conditions.. Catalysis Letters, 6, 1217-1223.

Stowers, K. (2015). Methyl ester synthesis catalyzed by nanoporous gold: from 10-9 Torr to 1 atm. Catalysis Science and Technology, 5, 1299-1306.

Stowers, K. (2013). From model studies on Au(111) to working conditions with unsupported nanoporous gold catalysts: Oxygen-assisted coupling reactions. Journal of Catalysis, 308, 131-141.

Stowers, K. J., Kubota, A., Sanford, M. S. (2012). Nitrate as a Redox Co-Catalyst for the Aerobic Pd-Catalyzed Oxidation of Unactivated sp(3)-C-H Bonds.. 3(11), 3192-3195.

Stowers, K. J., Fortner, K. C., Sanford, M. S. (2011). Aerobic Pd-catalyzed sp3 C-H olefination: a route to both N-heterocyclic scaffolds and alkenes.. 133(17), 6541-4.

Stowers, K. J., Sanford, M. S. (2009). Mechanistic comparison between Pd-catalyzed ligand-directed C-H chlorination and C-H acetoxylation.. 11(20), 4584-7.

Desai, L. V., Stowers, K. J., Sanford, M. S. (2008). Insights into directing group ability in palladium-catalyzed C-H bond functionalization.. 130(40), 13285-93.

Balija, A. M., Stowers, K. J., Schultz, M. J., Sigman, M. S. (2006). Pd(II)-catalyzed conversion of styrene derivatives to acetals: impact of (-)-sparteine on regioselectivity.. 8(6), 1121-4.